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Neurontin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 as an adjunctive medication for the treatment of partial seizures in people with epilepsy who are three years and older. Neurontin is usually prescribed in addition to other types of seizure medication. The drug name of Neurontin is Gabapentin.

Neurontin must be used with caution in people with a history of depression. Neurontin may not be suitable for use by pregnant women, men or women who plan to try to conceive a child, or women who are breastfeeding.

Neurontin is an anticonvulsant, or drug that prevents seizures. It is believed that Neurontin works in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.

How do I take it?
Neurontin is a capsule or tablet taken by mouth three times a day. Neurontin should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken with or without food. It is important to take Neurontin at evenly spaced times during the 24-hour day. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Neurontin, since it can exacerbate some side effects.

If you decide to stop taking Neurontin, consult your doctor on how to taper off. Do not abruptly stop taking Lyrica.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Neurontin.

Gabapentin (Neurontin) has been studied in several clinical trials as an add-on treatment for partial seizures. Based on the results of the trials, researchers concluded that Gabapentin is effective in significantly reducing the number of seizures.

Side effects
Children may experience some side effects of Neurontin more intensely.

Common side effects of Neurontin include drowsiness, dizziness, clumsiness, unsteadiness, vision changes, unusual movements of the eyes, and muscle tremors.

Call your doctor if you experience swelling of your hands or feet or signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, and cough while taking Neurontin.

Some people experience neurological symptoms including depression or suicidal thoughts while taking Neurontin. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.

Neurontin can also cause allergic reactions. Get medical help immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips, or tongue.

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